Former President Donald Trump has pushed back on a Department of Justice request for a gag order in his prosecution, citing freedom of speech and the necessity of transparency. The Trump legal team’s 25-page brief condemns the DOJ’s request, arguing that it would silence Trump’s right to criticize the government during a political campaign. The brief also quotes the First Amendment, emphasizing that the government has no power to restrict expression based on its message, ideas, subject matter, or content. Prosecutors had requested the gag order, citing concerns that Trump’s inflammatory comments could influence jurors’ perceptions and incite threats and harassment against their targets. The legal battle continues as efforts to ban Trump from 2024 presidential primary ballots in some states intensify, with Trump arguing that his statements regarding the 2020 election are protected by the First Amendment.